Wagon is known for his eclectic mathematical interests. He researches how computers
can be used to help see and understand mathematical objects that are difficult to
visualize such as differential equations. He recently received national media attention
for his invention of a square-wheeled bicycle. 

He has written several books including Solutions to Differential Equations, A Course in
Computational Number Theory, co-written with David Bressoud, Mathematica in Action and
Which Way Did the Bicycle Go? based on 25 years of Macalester's “Problem of the
Week.” 

EDUCATION:B.A., McGill University Ph.D., Dartmouth College 

Wagon has been teaching at Macalester since 1990. 

Journal Articles

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Drilling for polygons (with Barry Cox), American Mathematical Monthly (2012)
 

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Through the looking-glass, and what the quadratic camera found there (with Bart de Smit, Willem J. Palenstijn, Mark McClure, and Isaac Sparling), The Mathematical Intelligencer (2012)
 

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How to Lose as Little as Possible (with Vittorio Addona and Herb Wilf), Ars Mathematica Contemporanea (2011)
 

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The Geometry of the Snail Ball, Mathematics Magazine (2010)
 

Books

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Course in Computational Number Theory (with David Bressoud), David Bressoud (2000)